Normal People star Paul Mescal replaces Jamie Dornan in new movie

Rianne Houghton
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From Digital Spy

Normal People favourite Paul Mescal is heading to the big screen in a new and intriguing project, after replacing Jamie Dornan in the upcoming movie adaptation of Carmen.

Moving from one adaptation to the other, Paul will be ditching Connell's famous chain to join something a little less 'normal' – Benjamin Millepied's take on the Georges Bizet opera Carmen.

Mescal will star alongside Melissa Barrera's Carmen as Aidan, Entertainment Weekly is reporting, a role that originally went to Fifty Shades of Grey's Dornan.

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"I feel so lucky to have actors as extraordinary as Melissa, Paul, and Rossy [de Palma] with me on this film," Millepied said in a statement. "Melissa is so intelligent and intuitive, both as an actor and as a mover. I know she will bring depths to Carmen I could not even imagine."

The dancer-turned-filmmaker, who worked on the Oscar-winning Black Swan, said that he was "thrilled" to have Mescal join the cast, adding: "Paul has so much nuance and consideration in his work. I am thrilled to have them both bring this romance to life."

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Photo credit: Getty Images

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Millipied's Carmen, the story of which was a novella before a world-famous opera, has been tipped as a total re-imagining of the classic work, and will feature an entirely original score from Moonlight's Nicholas Britell.

Consider our interest piqued.

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